5 youngest ODI players to score centuries
These phenomenal cricketers weathered major storms despite being in their teenage.
The remarkable game of cricket is loved by millions across the globe. The young cricketing athletes grow up visualizing themselves in their country's colours and only very few dreams do come true.
Cricket has witnessed many players making the debut for their senior side while they are still in their teenage. However, many of them have failed to hold on to a regular spot and have eventually fizzled out at the senior level of the game.
Countries from the sub-continent have a long history of handing a debut to players as young as 17 or maybe even 16. Astoundingly, players from only 3 countries feature in the list of 10 youngest centurions namely Pakistan(5), Bangladesh(4) and Afghanistan.
Now, let us take a look at the 5 youngest cricketers to have scored a century in the ODI format of the game:
#5 Tamim Iqbal - 19 years and 2 days
The outset of the 21st century also marked the emergence of the Bangladesh cricket team. However, it was only in 2007 that Bangladesh unearthed Tamim Iqbal who has hitherto been the best opener they have ever possessed.
The left-handed Iqbal is perhaps an aggressive player of the new ball and has the knack of pacing his innings watchfully to assist his team's batting performances. In the final ODI against Ireland in 2008 Iqbal smashed 129 runs off 136 balls.
The knock was laden with 15 fours and a solitary six. At the age of 19, he became the youngest centurion for Bangladesh and fourth youngest in International cricket at that time.